Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College students and instructors visited St. George Middle School to demonstrate a special project for the Lego Mind Storm Club and Gateway to Technology students recently.

The OCtech students and instructors dedicated numerous hours preparing the project. The demonstration consisted of small cups moving from a stacked position by a plunger along a conveyor until off-loaded and sorted by color. A robot would then stack the cups back in the original position, and the process would start over again.

The project was controlled by a Programmable Logic Controller programmed by OCtech students. Demonstrations such as these are aimed to encourage student interest and participation in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

After the demonstration, OCtech students viewed the middle school robotics projects and offered advice and help to the students preparing for the robotics competition that St. George Middle School will attend.

This project could not have transpired without the help of OCtech Electronic Instrumentation Technology instructor George White and St. George Middle School Vice Principal Kristen Langdale.

Other attendees from OCtech were Advanced Manufacturing instructor Brandon Weatherford and students Corbin Kline, Trevor Kowalewski, Marina Hammond and Don Tyrone.

Support for this project was provided by the college and grants from the National Science Foundation and Advanced Technological Education.

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